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A Week in the Penedès Tasting Cavas!

Penedes region of Catalonia

Penedes region of Catalonia

60115IMG_0945We’ve been in Catalonia for a week now. Everyday has been a fine, sunny day (#fsd). As we co-author a book on the 50 Great Cavas, we are continuing to visit cava producers in the Penedès region.

The cava producers of Penedès are a passionate group of cava and wine makers seeking to produce the best quality of cavas as possible. Some only use the indigenous grapes of the region including Xarel.lo, Macabeo and Parellada. Some of the cava makers are producing hundreds of thousands of bottles of cava while others are small boutique bodegas. Last week we visited seven wineries (bodegas) and today we returned from visiting two more.

We will write up articles about each winery and separate articles will appear in the 50 Great Cavas book for 2015 and 2016. Additional articles with cava tasting notes will be added to the Wine Trail Traveler website.

I am continuing to be fascinated with the artwork we have seen at various wineries and plan to write more about the different pieces of art we have observed. Our latest example of artwork was at the last winery we visited today, Cava Bertha. At Cava Bertha paintings by the owner’s mother decorate walls of the tasting room. Copies are also available for purchase. The winery’s logo of a golden grape trunk was created by the same artist.


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